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Social Anxiety

I used to always socialize, but now I don't go outside that much (or ever). I do socialize with friends at school, but NEVER with my neighbors. I used to socialize, but now I'm distant and don't connect with them. I want to socialize, but really I have nothing to say or do. Is this normal? How can I change?

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Social anxiety disorder or social phobia - WebMD


Social anxiety disorder is often confused with shyness. Here’s how to tell the difference between everyday nervousness and one of the most common mental disorders.
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What is Social Anxiety? | The Social Anxiety Institute


Social anxiety is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgment ...
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Social Anxiety Overview | Psych Central


People with social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, suffer from an intense fear of becoming humiliated in social situations.
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Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) - Mayo Clinic


Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) — Learn about symptoms, treatments and coping skills.
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NIMH » Social Anxiety Disorder: More Than Just Shyness


This brochure discusses symptoms, causes, and treatments for social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia), a type of anxiety disorder associated with intense ...
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Social anxiety - Wikipedia


Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations ...
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Social Anxiety Disorder


Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), also known as Social Phobia, is characterized by a strong and persistent fear of social or performance situations in which humiliation ...
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Social Anxiety Disorder | Anxiety and Depression Association ...


It’s the extreme fear of being scrutinized and judged by others in social or performance situations: Social anxiety disorder can wreak havoc on the lives of those ...
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Social Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia Support


Support for those who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia): causes, symptoms, treatments, groups, forums and chat.
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Social Anxiety Disorder - Topic Overview - WebMD


What is social anxiety disorder? People with social anxiety disorder (or social phobia) are extremely anxious about what they will say or do in front of other people.
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Social Anxiety Disorder

There IS a way to get over social anxiety. See your doctor as soon as you can and tell him/her what you've told us. It's that simple. You may be put on some meds for awhile and you may be advised to get some therapy, which is a very wise idea. You've been living with this (and like this) which ***** for two years! Enough is enough. You are way too young to waste this great time of your life.............you should be out there having fun with all your friends. So don't waste another minute, Toots! Be pro-active and get the help you need. You obviously want it or you wouldn't have come to us! Keep us posted and know that you can AND WILL beat this! Peace Greenlydia  
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Getting Social Anxiety for No Reason?

First off, it's very doubtful brain chemicals -- generally neurotransmitters -- are in excess or insufficient amounts.  Nobody's yet found any such cause of the vast majority of cases of mental disorders.  And chronic anxiety never really has a reason -- brains are hardwired to handle stress or there wouldn't be any life left on the planet.  As for not having any regard for social norms and approval of others at all, that in itself, if true, and I don't believe it really is, I think you're exaggerating, would be a mental disorder.  I think you need to see a psychologist who specializes in anxiety treatment who can help you both to learn relaxation techniques, how to think differently, and maybe why you have this insecurity about being around others.    
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Social Anxiety

start off slow, do volunteer work, maybe 1 hr. then build up from there.but yourself in the situation to BREAK THE CYCLE!
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Can someone have social anxiety with someone they already know?

Yes. I go through this with good friends that I've know for many years. Even sometimes with my family when we get together for holidays and such. Take care. Remar
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Social Anxiety: Tapering off Lexapro/Starting Wellbutrin XL

I have tried almost all of the anti-depressants on the market.  I now take only the Wellbutrin since I was tired of the weight gain and sexual libido problems.  My findings was that the Wellbutrin did not work as well for social anxiety as the others but I also would rather just deal with the anxiety than the weight and sexual problems.
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Social Anxiety: Tapering off Lexapro/Starting Wellbutrin XL

I have social anxiety as well and was just put on Celexa which is very similar to Lexapro. I was on Paxil and THAT CAUSES MAJOR WEIGHT GAIN. I am miserable about this. DONT GET ON PAXIL WHATEVER YOU DO. I have been on Wellbutrin and it helped a lot with energy, althought my Dr. said it wasn't the best for anxiety. Let me know.
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ADHD & Social Anxiety - and SSA Disability

Continued from above ... A year or two or three later, I tried again while I was seeing the bad counselor. I might have had a snowballs chance if I'd have gotten it together well enough to do it when I was still seeing Beth, the good counselor, but the second one never knew me, never even tried.  Social Security sent her some kind of evaluation, probably like the witch had to fill out, and once again I was denied. Connie never knew me, obviously. She clearly had no clue I couldn't do things like go through the steps to finding a new counselor, so who knows what she might have written.  This time I filled out the paperwork for the appeal, and I got it back from the Social Security office with a nasty little note at the bottom from the person who reviewed it that said, (and I quote) "if you can take care of your dogs, you can get a job!"  Yeah, someone really said that. Do you suppose if I were a double amputee or I had a bad back they'd still say that, because I have known such people who couldn't work, but also had dogs.  Not real hard to take care of. They let me know when they need to pee, eat, etc., and they don't give me deadlines or give a hoot if I don't understand what they're talking about. So, how do I find a psychiatrist or counselor or someone who understands these two things and can help me get Disability? My father had been supporting me for the most part all these years, but I lost him a few years ago, and the money he'd invested for my future was swallowed up by the stock market crash in 2008. I'm nearly broke, and life is looking very, very bleak. I can't even go through the process to get some kind of food stamps or anything, so when the well runs dry ... I don't even want to think about it.   I need  a psychiatrist who understands and can explain to the SSA what my problem is, and I need someone who will work with me and walk me through this stuff.  I get so confused, overwhelmed and discouraged.  It took me years to get through that first SSI application, and years to get through the second.  It's taken me hours to write this. I need help.  Where can I find it?  I don't have the confidence or organization skills, or people skills to run all over the place filling out forms and begging for handouts.  This isn't a joke. It's not an excuse not to work. For one thing, I have hundreds of thousands of dollars in defaulted student loans that I will never be able to pay back no matter what. If I live to an age at which I could collect Social Security, the whole check is taken from me to pay that debt anyway. Proving my disability would get that debt forgiven (it took me 9 years to earn my Bachelor degree, thinking that a degree would mean employment, but you need much more than a degree to get a job).  It was a mistake, but I didn't know that then. I was trying.  I really thought that if I had the degree, I would get a good job.  I was going to go on for my Masters and Ph.D, but once again, the easy discouragement, disorganization, and problem dealing with people kept me from finishing what I'd started.  I doubt it would have made the job situation any better though, but you never know. Sorry to ramble on so. I never know what is enough and what is too much information. Long read. Any ideas where I can find a psychiatrist that might be able to help me with both of these conditions, and get me through the SSI tangle without need a billion dollars first since I'm very nearly penniless?
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How I got over my social anxiety without using medical drugs

Hey, im sorry if this doesent help, but what are "Benzo's" and Valium? Im almost 100% certain that I have Anxiety, and its painful, is there an age restriction for these medicines? You have had anxiety for years, as you have stated in one of your posts. I have only been like this for about a month or two now, and im finding it hard to cope, im only 13 aswell. What did you find helped you out the most?
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Social Anxiety

I don't have any answers other than get your son to a doctor have him evaluated. He is only 16 he should be having the time of his life. Maybe he just needs some kid friendly meds to get him out of his lull.
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i'm afraid of everything and been having obsessive thoughts?

Sorry to hear you feel this way. I, too constantly have irrational thoughts.. usually about my health. I completely understand what you're going through,  my mind never stops and I'm constantly thinking about things I cannot control. It drives me crazy!!!
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